Newborn Hearing Screening Programme

The Newborn Hearing Screening Programme (NHSP) in the UK was introduced first in England from 2001, extending to Scotland in 2003, Wales in 2004 and Northern Ireland in 2005.  This roll out was based on the premise that outcomes for deaf children could be improved by early identification of hearing loss and effective, early intervention9,10.  In 2013, a performance report on the first seven years of the programme was published.  This illustrated that the NHSP had improved continuously, identifying bilateral permanent childhood Hearing Loss (PCHL) in about 1/1000 children. The report also showed that the age of identification and management was well within the first six months of life.  However, there remained scope for further improvement with respect initiating entry into follow up.

The last statistical report for England was published in 2008

Annual statistical reports are published for Wales.